Statin use and Increased Diabetes Risk
A new study has concluded that statin use has increased risk for diabetes mellitus type II in postmenopausal women.
The researchers analyzed data on 471,250 participants who had no history of diabetes and who were newly using statins – 54% were women.
The total risk of developing diabetes was low, but this risk rose among some subjects taking statins. Between 162 and 407 patients would have to be treated with different statins for one extra patient to develop diabetes.
Subjects treated with atorvastatin were found to have a 22% elevated risk of new-onset diabetes, rosuvastatin an 18% elevated risk, and simvastatin a 10% increased risk, relative to pravastatin.
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